There are several types of nuclear medicine schools and colleges. Graduates with an associate's degree or certificate can work as a nuclear medicine technologist, while those who are already licensed as physicians can work towards a graduate degree or certificate in the field.
Top Schools with Nuclear Medicine Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, primarily associate's, Public||Undergraduate Certificate, Associate's||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|University of Cincinnati-Main Campus||Cincinnati, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate||$11,000 in-state, $26,334 out-of-state|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Postgraduate Certificate||$8,104 in-state, $27,890 out-of-state|
|University of Nevada-Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,943 in-state, $20,853 out-of-state|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,381 in-state, $24,461 out-of-state|
|University of New Mexico-Main Campus||Albuquerque, NM||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate||$7,071 in-state, $21,302 out-of-state|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,480 in-state, $26,220 out-of-state|
|Saint Cloud State University||Saint Cloud, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,814 in-state, $15,732 out-of-state|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham, AL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$7,766 in-state, $17,654 out-of-state|
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for a nuclear medicine program:
- Students should consider the benefits of attending a community college versus an allied health professional school.
- Because nuclear medicine is a form of diagnostic radiology, it uses complex medical equipment. Therefore, it may be wise to choose a nuclear medicine school with an on-site or nearby nuclear medicine or radiological sciences clinic that allows students to get practical, clinical experience during their training.
- Students may also want to look for colleges that are recognized by professional organizations, such as the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM), which is the primary certifying organization for nuclear medicine physicians in the U.S.
- Look for a school that actively engages in research and has opportunities for students to participate. During their residency or fellowship, students can contribute to research projects and work with a faculty advisor.
Schools across the country offer certificates and degrees in nuclear medicine. Prospective technologists, doctors, and other medical health professionals should consider nuclear medical programs.